Dr. Paul Corkum is a distinguished and preeminent scientist. He started to work at the NRC as a postdoctoral student in 1973. Throughout his career, he has won almost every major photonics and laser science prize in the world. He is recognized in the science community as the “father” of the attosecond laser science field, which is now associated with the NRC and Canada. Some of the world’s brightest laser scientists come to Canada in order to work with him. In a time when we often talk about brain drain, he brings ideas and people into Canada. Dr. Corkum’s research is characterized by deep physical insight accompanied by elegant models and supported by highly original experiments. His work has repeatedly been the starting point for other experimental scientists and the foundation for the development of rigorous new physics theory. Dr. Corkum was recently awarded the NRC’s Schneider medal, the highest distinction bestowed upon employees.